Hot Dates April 2021

by Danilo Brunetti

Digital film-opera, surreal art exhibitions, and a (very) big anniversary make April a fascinating time to be in the Eternal City.

DanteFrom Friday 16

This is Dante as you’ve never seen him before. A radioactive and hyper-contemporary Dante Alighieri is the star of a new rock opera presented at the Rhinoceros Gallery, a mecca of contemporary art designed by Jean Nouvel for the Alda Fendi Foundation – Experiments and the Accademia della Crusca. This surprising, terrifying, and dazzling exhibition celebrates 700 years since the death of the Supreme Poet this year. The engaging, immersive, and thoroughly original reinterpretation of The Divine Comedy combines electronic music and 15th-century miniatures by Giovanni di Paolo, exploring ecological themes and taking a journey through unknown words and worlds, to discover the beauty of the Italian language. Be sure to bring your sunglasses. Via dei Cerchi, 19. Reservations obligatory: Free entry.

La TraviataFriday 9

Concerts and opera may be off limits to live audiences, but they are still going on behind closed doors. Luckily for us, live streaming allows us to peek inside the concert halls and behind the scenes from the comfort of our own homes. The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma presents Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata, performed with live singers and orchestra at Teatro Costanzi, but with no audience. The performers make use of all the spaces of the auditorium (including the boxes and orchestra seats) to reinterpret one of the world’s best-loved operas with an entirely original flair. Maestro Daniele Gatti is at the helm, and the imaginative new staging is the work of director Mario Martone. The performance can be viewed live on

Peca & Koh KisungFrom Saturday 10

Rome’s best known showroom for pop iconography and contemporary surrealist art, the Dorothy Circus Gallery kicks off a double solo exhibition of the works of Argentinian artist Peca and Korean artist Koh Kisung. The all-new works on display transport viewers into a fantastical and mystical universe that will challenge the way they look at art and the world. Known to use an array of mediums, including oils, acrylics, and pencil, Peca creates a surreal cosmos populated by mystical, furry, wide-eyed creatures on a continuous quest to explore the universe. Meanwhile, Koh Kisung, through his oil paintings, pays tribute to memory and dreams, creating an evocative imagery that highlights the metaphysical energies and bonds that exist between two living creatures, while exploring the intimate relationship of the artist with nature. Via dei Pettinari, 76. Visit by appointment only. Free entry.